Talks on forming a coalition government in Germany have collapsed, leaving Angela Merkel facing her biggest challenge in 12 years as chancellor.
Zimbabwe's embattled President Robert Mugabe is facing a deadline set by his own party to resign, after a surprise speech in which he refused to quit.
Charles Manson, the notorious cult leader who directed his followers to commit a string of brutal murders, and who became a symbol of the dark side of 1960s counterculture, has died aged 83.
The Queen and Prince Philip, who were married in 1947, celebrate their platinum wedding anniversary on 20 November. Three more portraits of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have been released to commemorate their platinum wedding anniversary.